Richard K. Reider Jr. Obituary, A Life Dedicated to Service – (1945 – 2024) Pittsburgh, PA

Death: Richard K. Reider Jr. Obituary – Richard K. Reider Jr., who was 79 years old, died suddenly at home on March 20, 2024. Rick was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on January 28, 1945. His parents were Richard Reider Sr. and Janet (McMahan) Reider. Rick was the middle child of five. Before his family moved to LaPorte, IN, he grew up in Wheaton, IL. Rick did very well in school and sports, especially football and track.

He was an all-state running back and got a football scholarship to Duke University, where he played for free. Rick got his degree in history from Duke and was a member of the group Phi Delta Theta. He went to Indiana University—Bloomington (Maurer) School of Law to get his law degree because he loved reading and history. While he was in law school, Rick joined the U.S. Army National Reserves and was sent to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Rick was very interested in the military and flying.

Rick moved to Muskegon to start his career as a lawyer after finishing law school. He worked as a lawyer in private practice and finally opened his own firm, where he focused on family law for more than 50 years. Law was Rick’s passion, and he fought hard for his clients. His coworkers admired him, and he would say, “It’s what I do” when they suggested he quit. In his work, he was very proud of the fact that he won a landmark family law case in front of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Patricia Dahlstrom died on September 26, 2016, before he did. They were married on September 18, 1981. The only child Rick and Patty had together was a daughter named Benjamin (Alyssa) Reider. She lives on and thanks them for being the best and most helpful parents. Rick was proud of how much his son looked up to him and did what he did. The fact that they lived next door to each other made it possible for them to spend quality time together often.

Rick liked to spend time with his family on his deck, which had a view of Bear Lake, and take trips to Duck in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which was his favorite holiday spot. He also liked to read, watch air shows, go to the movies, work in the yard, go fishing, travel, and support Duke basketball. The people who knew him will always remember how much he loved military flyovers and Elvis songs. Rick will definitely be buzzing the aircraft carrier tower with Goose now that “Elvis has left the building.” His contagious laugh will be heard along with the military flyovers he loved, leaving a lasting impact on everyone who knew him.

Benjamin Reider, his wife Alyssa, their grandson Finley, his brothers David (Susan) Reider, Robin (Becky) Reider, and Mark (Katerina) Reider, his sister Patricia Reider, a close friend Heidi Rea, and many aunts, nephews, and cousins are still alive. Rick’s parents, Richard and Janet Reider, his stepson, Tom Boyd, and his pet golden retriever, Dollar, all died before him.

Our family wants to thank everyone who has helped them through this tough time. In line with Rick’s wishes, there will be no official funeral or visitation. Instead, please share your stories with the family at www.sytsemafh.com. People who want to show their support should think about giving to the Muskegon Rescue Mission at 2735 E. Apple Ave., Suite D, Muskegon, MI 49441.

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